On December 18, 2019, IRCC released an update regarding the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program. The new pilot is set for five years and so far, eleven communities have been approved to participate in the program. According to Ministerial Instructions, communities began recommending candidates as of November 1, 2019, and the second cohort will start recommending candidates on January 1, 2020. Candidates recommended by communities will be able to submit applications for permanent residence under this pilot to IRCC. The full regulation of the pilot is available in the publication in Canada Gazette.